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How ethical and sustainable are HP Laptops and Computers?

HP is a brand of Computer that appears in The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical PCs, Laptops, and Tablets Ratings Table. Although HP has not yet met our Ethical Benchmark, we hope to see the brand make progress in the future.

We would have extra confidence in this brand if it submitted itself to apply for Ethical Accreditation, whereby The Good Shopping Guide would make detailed assessments and recommendations for ethical improvement.

What does HP do?

In 1939, the Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) was established when technology was not nearly as commonly used as it is today. No computers were entirely electronic. Industrial printing presses were the only printers available. The development of the internet was decades away.

The history of HP parallels the growth of Silicon Valley and the emergence of home computing. HP’s discoveries contributed to the early rise in the cost of home computers and printers for the typical customer, and the brand’s establishment helped spark a surge of electronics startups in Santa Clara County, California.

For which criteria does HP perform poorly?

Despite HP’s progress, there is still room for improvement. HP proved to fall short in areas like Animal Welfare, Political Donations, and Human Rights. The brand needs to rectify these issues in order to be eligible for Ethical Accreditation.

In what areas does HP score well for its ethics?

HP performs well in categories of analysis such as Renewable Power, Code of Conduct, and Armaments.

How can the HP brand improve its Ethical Rating?

The Good Shopping Guide score results from multiple ethical criteria, and HP’s score has been calculated from these criteria. To reach our minimum Ethical Benchmark and qualify for Ethical Accreditation, HP has some issues to resolve, including the prevalent Human Rights issues within the company.

Why not check out The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Accreditation if you work for or with a PC, Laptop, or Tablet company that is looking to improve its ethics and sustainability, or already has great CSR or ESG policies?

Contact us for more information on what The Good Shopping Guide can do for you, or complete our short form for a rapid ethical evaluation. Alternatively, you can start the process by completing our Ethical Accreditation application form, which is more comprehensive. Read our Benefits of Ethical Accreditation page to find out why hundreds of businesses have chosen to get The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Accreditation.

Ethical performance in category


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  • Environmental Report


  • Nuclear Power


  • Eco Labels


  • Fossil Fuels



  • Animal Welfare



  • Armaments


  • Code of Conduct


  • Political Donations


  • Human Rights


  • Conflict Minerals



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Other Criticisms


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